By Jack Siebel
Your first year of college is one of the most important years of your life, and yes, there’s an App for that. In fact, there are tons of them!
Below are ten fantastic applications to help you succeed both academically and socially in a world dominated by technology and speed. Almost every student I know has at least one if not more of these ten apps to help them out during their first year of uni. Personally, I use them on a daily/weekly basis and there’s a good chance you’ll start using them too.
1. CampusBooks, FREE
WHAT IT DOES: CampusBooks has one task: to find the cheapest place to buy books. Although that doesn’t seem extremely impressive, CampusBooks is AMAZING. It will locate almost any book and tell you exactly how to get it for the cheapest price possible.
WHY WE LIKE IT: Textbooks might be the most overpriced thing I’ve ever seen. EVER. That being said, CampusBooks is like the black market of educational literature, giving the user hundreds of options across the nation to buy their books at a (usually) much lower cost.
2. Flashcards, FREE-$4
WHAT IT DOES: Flashcards is an app that lets you, well, make flashcards! It provides users with a sleek and easy way to memorize anything that can be defined or matched.
WHY WE LIKE IT: Not only is the app much smaller than carrying around four or five decks of real cards but it’s also sleek in design and easy to use.
3. AudioNote, $3
WHAT IT DOES: For someone who stinks at taking notes (like me!) this can be the most helpful tool you have. AudioNote records lectures, speeches and basically anything else you want it to! Not all of us can be as pro as The Office‘s Ryan (above).
WHY WE LIKE IT: From experience, I know note taking can be hard, especially if your professor speaks with roughly the same pace of a movie on fast forward. With AudioNote, students can record lectures instead of sloppily writing half completed paper notes.
4. Urbanspoon, FREE
WHAT IT DOES: Are you a foodie? Are you a college kid on a budget? Urbanspoon helps users find the best food at the best prices. It uses professional critiques and GPS to find the tastiest food that’s closest to you.
WHY WE LIKE IT: Isn’t it obvious?? We like it because we like delicious food! College kids are often on a budget, so it’s pretty helpful that Urbanspoon narrows the restos down by price (yes please).
5. Flixster, FREE Read more…
I’ve never really thought of my cat as boring — I’d say indifferent, apathetic and independent are better words to describe Farley. Still, if you want to supercharge your cat why not try this special new toy called XLR8? All you have to do is attach the motion-activated device to your cat and bingo, he’ll sound like an expensive sports car wherever he goes. That way your lazy good-for-nothing cat will be much more exciting when he’s not doing anything… which is pretty much all the time.